Worship Together || Sunday, May 23, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday, May 23, at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person (outside) or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing, sanitize hands regularly, and fill out a health questionnaire. The service will be held outside behind the church. Please dress for the weather. You are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. A limited number of folding chairs will be made available.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Hymns & Songs

“From Thee All Skill and Wisdom Flow”

“Teach Your Children”
WORDS & MUSIC by Graham Nash

“Amen”
No. 2072, The Faith We Sing (2001)

Updated COVID Protocols & Sunday Worship (May 23)

Dear friends and members of Franklin United Methodist Church,

The past few weeks have seen a precipitous decline in the total number of positive COVID cases in the Town of Franklin.  This week the Centers for Disease Control and Governor Baker’s Office have announced new guidance on the usage of masks.  With all these positive trends and announcements, I wanted to update you on how the Franklin United Methodist Church will proceed over the coming weeks.

On Sunday, May 16, the Church Council met and reaffirmed the metrics for safer gatherings.  These metrics determine whether we will meet in-person outside, in-person inside, or virtual ONLY.  While our current metrics allow us to meet indoors, and as long as the weather is nice, we will continue to preference outdoor meetings and worship.  Masks and social distancing are still required at all small group and worship gatherings (including those meeting outside) regardless of whether or not you are fully vaccinated. These requirements acknowledge that there are still many among us who are not fully vaccinated.  We will not be asking if you are vaccinated nor will we setup segregated seating for those who are vaccinated and those who are not.  For these reasons, we will still require (for the time being) you to wear a mask and distance when attending all in-person gatherings.

At the May 16 meeting, the Council approved the immediate re-introduction of congregational singing when meeting outside, socially distanced, and masked. 

In the event of inclement weather, we will plan to move gatherings inside (assuming our metrics for safer gatherings are met).  In the event that we move inside, singing will not be allowed.  We will re-evaluate our protocols at the next Church Council meeting on Sunday, June 13.  This meeting coincides with the lifting of the Governor’s Emergency Order on June 15.

I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as quickly as you can.  The best way to protect each other, and especially our children, is for every youth and adult who is eligible for the vaccine to get the vaccine. If you have not made your appointment, please do so ASAP.

This Sunday (May 23), our worship together will be outside.  It is forecasted to be a beautiful morning.  Worship begins, as always, at 10am.  Dress casual and comfortable for the weather.  Feel free to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, or use one of the church folding chairs.  Invite your friends and family.  We will continue to offer the ability to join worship virtually for those who prefer to meet online, details for joining worship online can be found at franklinumc.org/worship.

If you have any questions about our reopening procedures, or you just want to chat, don’t hesitate to call or email me directly.

Peace.
Pastor Jacob

Life Together || week beginning May 16, 2021

Life Together

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


ALL LIFE TOGETHER (SMALL) GROUPS CAN, IF THEY CHOOSE, MEET IN-PERSON OUTSIDE. To learn more about the metrics we are using to guide our reopening and to learn about where we stand in relation to those metrics, click here.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Fireside Communion & Discussion

Join Pastor Jacob around the fire on Thursday at 7pm as we share in communion and discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship.  This event will be outside at the church so in-person participants should dress appropriately.  Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you don’t want to sit on a folding chair.  In the event of inclement weather, the discussion will move exclusively online (not indoors).

Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on Monday, June 14 at 7pm to discuss TBD

You can join the Book Club virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/feq-yjgp-xoq) or by calling 1-405-534-5197, the PIN is ‪552 165 644‬#.

Worship Together || Sunday, May 16, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday, May 16, at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person (outside) or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing, sanitize hands regularly, and fill out a health questionnaire. The service will be held outside behind the church. Please dress for the weather. You are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. A limited number of folding chairs will be made available.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Hymns & Songs

“Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom”
No. 196, Voices Together  (2020)

“How Happy Are All They Who Hear”
WORDS: Scottish Paraphrases, 1781, Paraphrase 11, alt.
TUNE: Samuel A. Ward

“Amen”
No. 2072, The Faith We Sing (2001)

Life Together || week beginning May 9, 2021

Life Together

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


ALL LIFE TOGETHER (SMALL) GROUPS CAN, IF THEY CHOOSE, MEET IN-PERSON OUTSIDE. To learn more about the metrics we are using to guide our reopening and to learn about where we stand in relation to those metrics, click here.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Fireside Communion & Discussion

Join Pastor Jacob around the fire on Thursday at 7pm as we share in communion and discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship.  This event will be outside at the church so in-person participants should dress appropriately.  Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you don’t want to sit on a folding chair.  In the event of inclement weather, the discussion will move exclusively online (not indoors).

Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on Monday, May 10 at 7pm to discuss The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler.l

You can join the Book Club virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/feq-yjgp-xoq) or by calling 1-405-534-5197, the PIN is ‪552 165 644‬#.

Worship Together || Sunday, May 9, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday, May 9, at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person (outside) or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing, sanitize hands regularly, and fill out a health questionnaire. The service will be held outside behind the church. Please dress for the weather. You are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. A limited number of folding chairs will be made available.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Hymns & Songs

“Now That the Daylight Fills the Sky”
No. 217, Upper Room Worshipbook  (2006)

“Wisdom’s Table”
No. 206, Upper Room Worshipbook (2006)

“Amen”
No. 2072, The Faith We Sing (2001)

In-person (Outdoor) Worship this Sunday (May 9, 2021)

Dear members and friends of Franklin United Methodist Church,

The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to be on a downward trend. This is no doubt due in large part to many of you getting your COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not already done so, and you have not had adverse reactions to vaccines in the past, I strongly encourage you to get your shot.

With the continued decline in total positive cases, the relatively low test positivity rate, and under 70% ICU bed occupancy in the Metrowest region, we are all good to go for in-person outdoor worship this Sunday, May 9 (2021), at 10am. It looks like the weather is going to be nice; perhaps, a little chilly. Please dress for the weather. Feel free to bring your own chair or use one of the church’s metal folding chairs. Because this service is outdoors and there are not restrictions on space, there is no need to register for the service. In fact, you’re strongly encouraged to invite a friend or family member or follow up with a church person you haven’t seen in a while and invite them to join you in worship.

As a reminder, COVID protocols remain in effect.  All worship participants (over age 3) must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing, sanitize hands regularly, and fill out a health questionnaire.  There will be no refreshments served following worship. We will share in holy communion.

For those that are unable to gather in-person or are uncomfortable doing so at this time, know that you will be able to join our worship together online.  To join the service, simply go to https://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg or call 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

This Sunday we are continuing our discussion series on the Book of Proverbs. The reflection is entitled, “Don’t be a fool.” I look forward to seeing you in-person or online. As always, if you have questions about our metrics for safer gatherings and/or you just want to chat, do not hesitate to reach out directly to me.

I look forward to seeing you in worship (in-person or online) this Sunday, May 9, at 10am!

Peace.
Jacob

Life Together || week beginning May 2, 2021

Life Together

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


ALL LIFE TOGETHER (SMALL) GROUPS CAN, IF THEY CHOOSE, MEET IN-PERSON OUTSIDE. To learn more about the metrics we are using to guide our reopening and to learn about where we stand in relation to those metrics, click here.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Fireside Communion & Discussion

Join Pastor Jacob around the fire on Thursday at 7pm as we share in communion and discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship.  This event will be outside at the church so in-person participants should dress appropriately.  Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you don’t want to sit on a folding chair.  In the event of inclement weather, the discussion will move exclusively online (not indoors).

Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on Monday, May 10 at 7pm to discuss The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler.

Worship Together || Sunday, May 2, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday, May 2, at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person (outside) or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing, sanitize hands regularly, and fill out a health questionnaire. The service will be held outside behind the church. Please dress for the weather. You are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. A limited number of folding chairs will be made available.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Hymns & Songs

“Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring”
No.644, The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“Wellspring of Wisdom”
No. 206, The Upper Room Worshipbook (2006)

“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
No. 95, The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“Amen”
No. 2072, The Faith We Sing (2001)

In-person (Outdoor) Worship this Sunday (May 2)

Dear friends and members of Franklin United Methodist Church,

It is with great excitement that I write to invite you to in-person outdoor worship on Sunday, May 2, at 10am.  It looks like it will be a beautiful morning.  Please dress for the weather.  The service will be held outside behind the church.  All are welcome.  You’re encouraged to bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.  A limited number of folding chairs will be made available.  The church will be open for access to the restrooms.

As a reminder, COVID protocols remain in effect.  All worship participants (over age 3) must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing, sanitize hands regularly, and fill out a health questionnaire.  There will be no refreshments served following worship.

For those that are unable to gather in-person or are uncomfortable doing so at this time, know that you will be able to join the gathering online.  To join our worship together online, simply go to https://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg or call 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

This coming Sunday we will be continuing our series entitled “Living Wisely and Well.”  We’ll be reading Proverbs 4:1-13 and I will be reflecting on the theme “Listen to Your Elders.”

I hope you will join me (in-person outside at the church or online) for worship together!  If you have any questions about our move to in-person worship and our metrics for safer gatherings or you just want to chat, please do not hesitate to call, text, or email.  I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Peace.
Jacob